ST. PAUL — Eight years to the day after Lexi Reed Holtum's fiancé Steve Rummler died of a heroin overdose, Reed Holtum watched as Gov. Tim Walz signed a copy of a new law holding drug companies responsible for the fallout of the opioid crisis in Minnesota. "I'm just really blown away at the fact that we got it done," she said, standing at a podium surrounded by others who'd lost loved ones to opioid addiction.
ST. PAUL — Fewer women sought induced abortions in Minnesota in 2018 as compared to a year earlier, state statistics show, but the number of women from outside the state seeking the procedure grew during that timeframe. The figures come from a Department of Health report published on Monday, July 1, outlining induced abortion procedures in Minnesota. The data is the most recent available.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota farm and food industry groups on Tuesday, June 18 pressed U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Steve Censky for answers about a possible end to ongoing trade fights between the United States and China, as well as Canada and Mexico. And while he offered possible paths out of the tumultuous trade negotiations, Censky didn't have a clear answer for the dozens of agricultural leaders.
ST. PAUL — The process of greenlighting pending applications for the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline project in northern Minnesota will again be delayed as state agencies wait for a revised environmental impact statement. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday, June 18, said they would wait to take final action on the Line 3 replacement project as well as on pending permit applications until the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission takes up a deficiency in the application identified by the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota hunters and farmers could soon carry handheld tools to test deer for fatal brain disease in the field. In labs across the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, scientists are months away from making that a reality. After lawmakers and the governor approved $1.8 million to fund the creation of a test to detect chronic wasting disease within hours, rather than days, a team of veterinary experts, microbiologists, genomics professors and engineers started a two-year timeline to create a breakthrough tool to test for the disease.
ST. PAUL — Reproductive rights advocates, religious and health care groups are banding together to take a new tack at rolling back state restrictions on abortions: attempting to root them out in the courts. In a complaint filed Wednesday, May 29 in Ramsey County District Court, the groups challenged a slate of state laws that restrict access to abortion and limit advertisement of treatments for sexually transmitted infection, alleging they run afoul of the Minnesota Constitution.
ST. PAUL — Minnesotans won't see a tax hike on gasoline but will see tougher restrictions behind the wheel for those using a cellphone. A tax on medical providers will remain in place but a state-run health insurance buy-in option won't be available in the next couple years. Minnesotans who vape won't be able to use e-cigarettes in bars and restaurants but people 18 and older will still be able to buy them.
ST. PAUL — Drug distributors and manufacturers will be required to help pay for some of the aftermath of the opioid epidemic in Minnesota after Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday, May 22, signed into law a sweeping package of legislation. The DFL governor announced that he signed into law the package that would require opioid distributors to pay fees expected to total more than $20 million. Those funds would be used to provide education and prevention programs as well as treatment programs.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday, May 22, signed into law a sweeping set of policies aimed at protecting elder and vulnerable adults. The move comes days after the state House of Representatives and Senate passed the package which will require licensing of assisted living facilities, ensure the rights of residents and allow residents and their families to record in their rooms to guard against abuse.
ST. PAUL — Lawmakers closed out the 2019 session on Monday, May 20, with work left undone and will have to return to the Capitol to finish it. Gov. Tim Walz has said he'll call a special session, likely on Friday, but he hadn't done that yet on Wednesday afternoon. Before lawmakers make the drive back to the Capitol, here's a look at what they're dealing with and what Minnesotans can expect. Why are they going into a special session anyway? Minnesota lawmakers had until Monday, May 20, at midnight to wrap up a two-year budget. And they couldn't quite get there.